Music

JuxTApose in a World of Trouble

Written by Kevin VanAntwerpen | Tuesday, 22 May 2012 10:25 |

Cops. If you think they only show up at anti-authoritarian punk rock shows in Putin's Russia, think again. They also showed up at blues-rock band JuxTApose's CD release party ... twice.

In the Studio: Karisa Wilson

Written by Kevin VanAntwerpen | Monday, 30 April 2012 10:56 |

If you've ever tipped back a beer at one of Grand Rapid's assorted open mic nights, chances are you've heard of Karisa Wilson. As one of the cities most revered artists, her name has gained prestige — only heightened when her debut album, Little Girl, won Album of the Year at the Jammies in 2008.

Former The Academy Is... frontman gets back to roots, stops in Grand Rapids

Written by Josh deLacy | Wednesday, 25 April 2012 14:18 |

William Beckett lost his band and his label last year, but that hasn't slowed him down. He leapt into a new solo project that will release three EPs and tour across the country this year — all as an independent artist.

Beckett was the frontman of the pop-rock group The Academy Is... until the band disbanded last October. Beckett started the group back in 2003, and over the next seven years The Academy Is... produced three studio albums and four EPs.

La Dispute’s Humble Beginnings

Written by Kevin VanAntwerpen | Thursday, 12 April 2012 13:34 |

Since 2004, Grand Rapids band La Dispute has been inching toward success one fan at a time. The members kept at it for four years, playing small shows here and there, until one e-mail changed everything.

Heavier Than Air Flying Machines: Music you’re gonna hate

Written by Kevin VanAntwerpen | Thursday, 12 April 2012 13:19 |

Heavier Than Air Flying Machines might always be a question mark of a band. Nothing about the gritty, high-gain debut album, Siam (released last September), is typical, nor anything about the band's spastic live performance. But then again, that's just the point of the band.

Christina Perri’s Wild, Successful Journey

Written by Dwayne Hoover | Thursday, 12 April 2012 12:42 |

Sometimes it only takes a single opportunity to open the door to success. Just ask singer-songwriter Christina Perri, whose song "Jar of Hearts" made its way on to the June 30, 2010 episode of the television show, "So You Think You Can Dance." Now, less than two years later, Perri has been seemingly thrust in to the spotlight.

"It's been bananas!" Perri said of the journey so far. "It was one great day that hasn't stopped for two years."

Shinedown plays near-sold-out show in Grand Rapids

Written by Stephanie Allen | Wednesday, 04 April 2012 10:56 |

Trying to follow up the platinum Sound of Madness record, which features the double-platinum single "Second Chance," was no easy task for Shinedown, a band that has dominated rock radio since the album's release in 2008.

Rebelution brings “Peace of Mind” to Grand Rapids

Written by Jon Miller | Monday, 26 March 2012 11:50 |

On Jan. 10, Rebelution released Peace of Mind, which has been labeled as the band's best work to date. The release also saw two versions of the album: acoustic and dub. The unconventional format seemed to work, as Peace of Mind debuted at No. 13 on the Billboard Top 200 and was No. 4 on iTunes.

Go Radio performs at The Intersection in Grand Rapids

Written by Stephanie Allen | Wednesday, 21 March 2012 10:07 |

The driving force behind every great band is a lot of great fans - and the guys of Go Radio know just how to make them.

Local Shops Celebrate Music for Record Store Day

Written by John Sinkevics and Rich Tupica | Tuesday, 20 March 2012 11:52 |

The line stretched down the block on S. Division Avenue in Grand Rapids, with hundreds of devoted fans of rock's My Chemical Romance waiting in the rain to meet the band at an in-store appearance on Record Store Day.

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